Merton's Palace of Nowhere

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At the heart of the quest for spiritual identity are found Thomas Merton's illuminating insights-leading from an awareness of the false and illusory self to a realization of the true self.

For twenty-five years Merton's Palace of Nowhere has been the standard for exploring, reflecting on, and understanding this rich vein of Merton's thought. Dog-eared, tattered, underlined copies are found on the bookshelves of spiritual searchers everywhere. Now this Silver Anniversary edition ...

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Overview

At the heart of the quest for spiritual identity are found Thomas Merton's illuminating insights-leading from an awareness of the false and illusory self to a realization of the true self.

For twenty-five years Merton's Palace of Nowhere has been the standard for exploring, reflecting on, and understanding this rich vein of Merton's thought. Dog-eared, tattered, underlined copies are found on the bookshelves of spiritual searchers everywhere. Now this Silver Anniversary edition brings this classic to a whole new generation.

"This one door is the door of the Palace of Nowhere. It is the door of God. It is our very self, our true self called by God to perfect union with himself. And it is through this door we secretly enter in responding to the saving call to 'Come with me to the Palace of Nowhere where all the many things are one.' "
—from Merton's Palace of Nowhere
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877930419
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Edition description: Anniversary
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 287,069
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

James Finley is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Monica, California. Finley spent a number of years under the spiritual direction of Thomas Merton, and they were contemporaries during Finley's six years at the Abbey of Gethsemani. In addition to his clinical practice, Finley leads contemplative retreats and teaches throughout the United States and Canada, and he is the author of many books.

Brother Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O., of the Abbey of Gethsemani, was a founding editor of The Merton Annual and served for eleven years as editor of the journal Cistercian Studies.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6
From The Author 25 Years Later 7
Foreword to the 25th Anniversary Edition 9
Foreword 12
Introduction: Upon Learning to See 15
1 The Foundation of The False Self 27
2 The True Self in The World 43
3 The True Self in Religious Searching 61
4 The Realization of The True Self 87
5 The Insight 119
Notes 149
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